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For the first time, scientists spot baby planets forming around an alien star

For the first time, scientists have caught sight of planets in the hot, messy act of being born.<p>Astronomers using the Large Binocular Telescope and the Magellan Adaptive Optics System on Earth have discovered what appears to be at least one planet (called LkCa 15b) about the size of Jupiter or …

Universe

The best new genre of blog is ‘emoji review’

Thanks, Tumblr!<p>Tumblr meme and fandom expert Amanda Brennan noticed something weird on the site yesterday — a sudden bubbling up of posts reviewing derivations of popular emoji as they appear on various platforms and apps. There are even whole blogs dedicated to nothing else.<p>Take, for example, an …

Can IoT prevent gun violence across America's cities?

Local municipalities are increasingly turning to smart city technology to reduce public crime through efforts such as connected lighting, targeted surveillance and data assets.<p>One of the more innovative smart solutions is ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection, acoustic surveillance technology that uses …

Guns

This new slime bath could help scientists 3D print the medical implants of the future

So it works kind of like a Jello salad<p>A newly developed goop could be the key to 3D printing delicate objects. Scientists have discovered that suspending fragile 3D-printed structures in a Jello-like goo while the liquid ink hardens keeps them from warping or sagging. This could eventually improve …

Nectar Labs brings smart liquor tracking to the bar business

When a bartender pours too much liquor in a drink, or someone slips away with a bottle, it can take a toll on a drinking establishment’s bottom line. So Nectar Labs has come up with a solution: the connected pourer and stopper.<p>It uses ultrasound technology and a software platform to precisely …

Condé Nast

These are Microsoft’s new VR motion controllers

Microsoft has announced a new set of motion controllers for its Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets. The controllers will be fully tracked by sensors in the headset, instead of by external cameras or markers. They’re supposed to go on sale this holiday season, with Acer selling a $399 headset bundle …

This robotic spider looks freakishly real

Norwegian Engineer Kåre Halvorsen has designed several robots inspired by insects, including the creepy MX-Phoenix hexapod.

Insects

Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats

Hackers aren't the only ones bypassing the weak security of the Internet of Things. According to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, smart devices could also be used to shut down US intelligence operations in the future. At an open hearing today, the Senate Select Committee on …

Cybersecurity

Is This Bluetooth Salt Shaker the Juicero of Seasoning?

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of a “smart salt shaker” called “The Smalt.” Oddly, the shaking aspect of this shaker is still …

Scope AR brings its enterprise augmented reality authoring platform to HoloLens

Microsoft’s $3,000 HoloLens dev kit has gathered more attention over the past couple years than a lot of consumer products, but it’s important to remember that the augmented reality headset’s ambitions lie in building a new standard for spatial computing with enterprise customers.<p>Today, …

Magic Leap might finally be ready to put its platform in people's hands

Magic Leap might finally be closer to its long-awaited launch — so it needs more developers to help prep the software that will run on the mysterious augmented reality platform.<p>The much-hyped company has been largely under wraps since its founding in 2011, minus some seriously impressive demo …

Augmented Reality

ARTS & CULTURE: Another insight on PSFK for Members

ARTS & CULTURE: Another insight on PSFK for Members

Snapchat is testing a new way to make money — with Hello Kitty

Snapchat may soon be introducing a new way for it to make money — with a little help from some furry friends.<p>A tipster sent us a snap taken by Gabe Lehrman, a partnership associate at Snap, that shows a selfie of him surrounded by a bunch of virtual stickers. The stickers are of characters in …

Evan Spiegel

Salesforce aims to save you time by summarizing emails and docs with machine intelligence

We have all seen the studies — some American workers spend upwards of six hours a day handling email. It’s not a great use of time, it destroys productivity and it ultimately costs businesses money. A new paper written by a team Salesforce MetaMind researchers could eventually provide summaries of …

Valve brings 360-degree videos to Steam VR

While it's not quite as immersive as a full virtual reality experience, 360-degree videos and photos are becoming more common (especially on Facebook and YouTube), and now Valve has released a Steam 360 Video Player. It uses adaptive streaming from a company called Pixvana, which should enable …

Virtual Reality

SoundCloud's latest feature crafts playlists from fresh uploads

Soundcloud isn't like other music streaming services. Rather than offering the back catalogs of seemingly every musician on the planet, the service is more of a resource for one-offs, mash-ups and folks looking for unique tunes to put into their DJ sets. As a way to help you discover more of what's …

SoundCloud

There's still one thing Instagram can't copy from Snapchat

For all the doom and gloom surrounding post-IPO Snapchat, the company has one thing Instagram hasn’t been able to copy: its loyal userbase.<p>According to mobile analytics company App Annie, Snapchat’s 60 million daily active users offer advertisers a unique opportunity to reach users not visiting …

Daily Active Users

SpaceX plans to start launching high-speed internet satellites in 2019

Last November, SpaceX asked the FCC for permission to launch 4,425 satellites to provide high speed internet around the globe. While current satellite internet can be slow and high-latency, the Elon Musk-founded company promises its proposed service will be much better thanks to custom satellites …

SpaceX

This prototype device can detect health problems by the way you walk

Researchers at MIT have developed a device that can help monitor the state of your health by watching you walk.<p>Created by a team at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the WiGait is a wall-mounted, router-like device designed to help monitor a user’s health by the way …

Robotics

Drone Racing League Founder: Building A High Intensity, Engaging Sport Culture From Scratch

In the lead-up to our PSFK 2017 conference, we look back at key speakers from past years. DRL's founder Nick Horbaczewski spoke on building …

This wearable subwoofer lets you feel the bass in your body

Bass addicts are going to love this wearable. It combines sound and feeling to experience music like never before.

Wearable Tech

Facebook brings reactions to comments, because of course they did

It was only a matter of time: Facebook has now brought reactions to comments.<p>As first reported by <i>The Verge</i>, reactions have now started to show up in comments for desktop users. It works the same as reacting to a News Feed post: just hover over the Like button in a comment, and choose from any of …

Facebook

18-year-old student creates cancer-detecting bra

A high schooler from Mexico designed a bra that helps in the early detection of breast cancer. Drawing inspiration from his mother — who lost both breasts to the disease — Julian Rios Cantu set out to find a better means of early detection.<p>Breast cancer, if caught early, has a survival rate of …

Cancer

'Intuitive' prosthetic hand sees what it's touching

Even as we begin to wire prosthetics directly into our peripheral nervous systems and wield Deus Ex appendages with only the power of our minds, many conventional prosthetic arms are still pretty clunky, their grips activated through myoelectric signals -- electrical activity read from the surface …

Robotics

BuyPower aims to ease the pain of utility payments in Nigeria

Benjamin Ufaruna and Asehinde Oladipo met at one of Nigeria’s emerging technology development services companies in Abuja.<p>In the hard-charging startup world that the two men entered there was little time to remember the minutiae of everyday life — like paying bills on time.<p>“In the midst of our busy …

Vevo's Watch Party lets you watch music videos in sync with your friends

Ever since streaming video became commonplace, people have expressed a desire to be able to virtually have a movie night with friends who aren't in the same place. Google has even released an app that lets you watch YouTube in sync with friends on your phones. Vevo may not have feature films or …

Apps

Advances in AI and ML are reshaping healthcare

The healthcare technology sector has given rise to some of the most innovative startups in the world, which are poised to help people live longer, better lives. The innovations have primarily been driven by the advent of software and mobility, allowing the health sector to digitize many of the pen …

Nvidia just boosted its self-driving car tech in a major way

Nvidia wants to drive your car.<p>The company, known for its mobile chips and graphics tech, announced partnerships with Bosch, the largest automotive supplier in the world, and PACCAR, a major truck manufacturer, to develop self-driving vehicle systems.<p>Nvidia already has deals in place with …

Transportation

Google's new messaging app translates your voice into emoji 🎉

Google is working on another experimental messaging app, this time in the audio space.<p>The new app, Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger for Android and iOS, is the second app to come out of Google's Area 120 incubator this month. A group video-watching app called Uptime dropped on iOS last …

Google

AMD’s Ryzen 5 series is here to challenge Intel’s Core i5 processors

AMD made big waves in the chip world last month when it unveiled the Ryzen series as a new line of processors that could actually challenge Intel’s long-seated dominance when it comes to high-end performance.<p>But where the Ryzen 7 was a top-tier line akin to Intel’s Core i7 models aimed at users who …